Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/7/14
Eastern-conference
BOSTON — Doc Rivers claims to dislike coaching against his friends, but as he prepared to go up against one of his best friends in Avery Johnson, the Celtics coach seemed to be in a good mood. Rivers addressed a number of topics in his usual pregame media availability, from basketball-related issues like Avery Bradley‘s continuing recovery from double-shoulder surgery and the Celtics’ efforts to make Jason Terry comfortable to meeting U.S. Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman before the game. “Meeting any of those athletes, it’s pretty cool,” Rivers said. “You really appreciate it when you’re there. Obviously, the gold medals is nice, but even the ones who lose and seeing what they’ve gone through, knowing Ryan Lochte from Florida and all those guys who won gold medals and then lost as well, you can see the emotion.” Rivers also touched on the possibility that Bradley could do some rehabilitation in the D-League, a facetious explanation for why Boston’s NBADL affiliate used to be in Utah and how he would pay for his NBA League Pass package, if he had to. Check out a Rivers’ comments in full in the video above. Have a question for Ben Watanabe? Send it to him via Twitter at @BenjeeBallgame or send it here.
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